Hongkong, January 8, 2009—World no. 6 Venus Williams jumped straight from a four-week break into the court to secure another victory against World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic with a score of 6-2, 6-2 at the exhibition match prior to the Australian tournament.>
William’s powerful ground strokes and unanswerable serves were in sharp contrast to Jankovic’s play, which for the most part appeared sluggish, weak, and erratic, a sharp change in performance attributed by some to the fact that the Serbian player is still getting used to her bulkier build, the result of an off-season fitness program.
“It was very hard to get into the match. I felt very slow on the court and didn’t really get my rhythm out there,” Jankovic said. “But it’s the first match of the season so I can’t expect myself to play the best tennis, which is normal.”
Jankovic dropped a serve in the third game of the second set, putting herself on William’s tail at 2-1. Williams was again given another break in the seventh game when Jankovic missed a forehand, giving Williams a 5-2 lead. Williams clinched the win with an ace and two other serves which forced errors in the next game.
Williams previously defeated Jankovic in the semifinals at the WTA championships in Qatar. She now trails Jankovic 4-5 in heads-to-heads on the WTA.